Young Children's Community

Two YCC students work together

The Young Children's Community serves the youngest students at The Post Oak School, of ages from fourteen months to three years.

A child must be a confident walker to be ready for the Young Children's Community. In the small settings of these environments, 13 children can learn from and help each other under the careful oversight of a trained teacher and assistants. As in so much of Montessori education, early experiences are carefully shaped to prepare the way for years of growth to come.

The responsibility of the staff in this community is to observe and follow the child to determine how best to aid in their individual needs; to prepare the classroom so that the child may operate freely and independently; and to model and guide the development of respect for all people, nature, and materials.

The Post Oak School is committed to working in partnership with families to support each area of development for every child—physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.

A Young Children's Community student at work

Maria Montessori often used the phrase 'follow the child.' Post Oak placed bite-sized morsels of parenting nourishment in front of us starting with prospective parent classes—as we waited for an opening, what a feast this was! Our plate was now piled high, and we put our sights on the goal of becoming a Montessori family and home.Jeannine Bergt